Tauck has long offered a mix of tours, small-ship cruises, and river cruises, but it recently announced that it will be expanding its small-ship ocean cruise offerings in North America starting in the fall of 2023.
Expanding on its existing partnership with luxury cruise line Silversea, Tauck will be launching the 13-day New York City to Quebec City Shores of Eastern Canada and New England itinerary, with three northbound and three southbound trips in September and October 2023. It’s no coincidence that this is prime fall-foliage-viewing time, and the price (starting from $8,990 per person) includes shore excursions, hotel stays in both Manhattan and Quebec City. Onboard, passengers are a mix of Tauck guests and Silversea’s non-Tauck passengers.
Back in 2019 (remember those post-pandemic days?), Tauck introduced its Cruising the Great Lakes: Chicago to Toronto tour, and before that had launched both an Alaska’s Inside Passage and a Grand Alaska tour. So the debut of its New England tour is part of a slow-and-steady expansion into the North America cruising space, but with a strong tour angle that goes heavy on the inclusions and the experiences. It’s an interesting sign that as travelers start to be more ambitious about their travel plans again, they’re not automatically looking to go far afield to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but are also considering big trips closer to home.